Senate Bill 61 and Substitute
I've decided to wait for the dust to settle before I addressed this issue
with you. In part I have had mixed feelings about this bill. Any potential
rate increase possibility I would and do fight. I have also seen this type
of struggle before with other insurance carriers in other states and witnessed
"behind the closed door maneuvers". It is frustrating to me to see what goes on
and that the general public isn't included. So I want to get some issues
addressed here and point out some facts to encourage awareness of the
bad and the ugly. I don't want to sway
you with my opinion but rather to expose you to some things much more deeper
than what you hear in the paper or on the news channel.
Date of Facts
- The original Senate Bill 61 proposed a 3% sales tax on all IHC gross
receipts. This money was to be earmarked for school funding.
- On 2/11/05 IHC HEALTH PLANS and Intermountain Health Care were allotted
two hours for a PRE-HEARING to present arguments against this Senate Bill
61. I requested a 5 minute presentation but was blocked. The time was
already determined to be allotted to large employers, high ranking IHC
executives, and hospital administrators. Apparently their voice was
considered to be more weight....in the small time allotted. I disagreed in
principle because all of my clients are either small employers or individual
policy holders. Arrogance on my part for demanding to be heard?
Perhaps......but I felt I had a responsibility to represent my people.
- On 2/11/05 at the end of the hearing Senate Bill 61 had a substitute
adoption that would prohibit IHC from owning or having a controlling
interest in a health insurance company. The substitute bill was introduced
with no time for testimony from anyone. The committee therefore moved to
adjourn the meeting, with no votes, until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February
- On 2/16/05 Senate Bill 61 will soon be presented on the Senate floor.
The substitute bill will require IHC to divest itself of IHC Health Plans as
of January 1, 2007.
- On 2/25/05 I was informed by IHC Executives that Senate Bill 61 is all
but DEAD..... Apparently there is going to be a committee appointed to
analyze all the facts. IHC HEALTH PLANS and Intermountain Health Care
have agreed to cooperate.
- The 3% tax isn't happening which IHC would definitely pass onto policy
holders. I particularly have a issue with this which I will discuss in the
- IHC HEALTH PLANS and Intermountain Health Care "heard" and "understood"
the discontent that a good part of the Utah community has for them. They now
want to focus on understanding the community needs better. At least that was
what was told to me at a focus group I was asked to attend on 2/22/05.
There were also feelings of great amount of gratitude and examples of life
saving medical treatments. I walked away from the meeting feeling that
IHC HEALTH PLANS understood that there needs to be more "ownership" taken to
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